story collecting: Two-hour sessions, in which the artist will collect community stories about speaking out. With the guidance of the storyteller, the artist will turn the stories into sculptural objects that will then remain on display as part of the exhibition. The sculptures will be returned to the storyteller at the end of the show. Tell me a story.
8 hours of listening, 35 stories, mixed media, 2015-2016
We write down everything, we imagine what our great-great-grandma’s voice could have sounded like, we visit the fields where our ancestors spent their lives picking, we learn how to fill the house with the smell of garlic, we hold each other, we speak for those who can’t. We tell our own stories side by side, next to the stories of others, we let voices be heard, there is overlap, stories get repeated and retold in different ways. We write in blue, make knots & chains, we learn to tell our stories. The words are treated like objects and the objects are speaking.